Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth District, Sandusky
Court No. 15 CR 1041
DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, and Christopher L. Kinsler,
Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.
T. Oswald, for appellant.
DECISION AND JUDGMENT
1} This case is before the court on the appeal of
appellant, Tadara Jones, from the September 27, 2016 judgment
of the Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas. The state has
conceded error. For the reasons that follow, we reverse the
judgment of the trial court and remand the matter for
2} Appellant sets forth two assignments of error:
I. The trial court erred when it failed to personally address
Mr. Jones and give him a chance to speak before sentencing.
II. The trial court erred when it imposed consecutive
sentences without making the findings required by R.C.
3} On October 27, 2015, appellant was charged by
indictment with various offenses, including two counts of
trafficking in cocaine. Appellant was arraigned and pled not
4} On July 12, 2016, the matter was called for
trial. Appellant entered pleas of guilty to two counts of
trafficking in cocaine, in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(2),
felonies of the fourth degree. In exchange for the plea, the
state agreed to dismiss the other charges. The trial court
accepted the plea and found appellant guilty.
5} On September 26, 2016, appellant was sentenced to
18 months in prison on each charge, to be served
consecutively, for a total of 36 months of incarceration.
Assignment of Error
6} Appellant contends the trial court erred when the
court failed to personally address appellant before